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Magallania (Punta Arenas)

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FLENSBORG, GUSTAVO; MARTINEZ, GUSTAVO; GONZALEZ, MARIELA  and  BAYALA, PABLO. A review of the human bone remains from La Petrona site (Eastern Pampean-Patagonian transition, Argentina). Magallania [online]. 2011, vol.39, n.1, pp.179-191. ISSN 0718-2244.

The first systematic archaeological work carried out in the lower basin of the Colorado River (Eastern Pampean-Patagonian transition, southern Buenos Aires province) was the excavation of La Petrona site. The most outstanding findings were the primary and secondary burials, which were previously published (Martínez and Figuerero Torres, 2000). In this paper, a re-analyses of the human bones that make up these burials is carried out. Burial modalities, frequency of represented skeletal parts, MNI that compose the burials, sex and age, paleopathologies, as well as taphonomic information are presented. As a result of these analyses, new information about the site emerges leading to a revision of the chronology (Final Late Holocene), and to the discussion of issues such as inhumation practices, complex scenarios in corpse treatment and manipulation, and their relationship with the recurrent use of places throughout the landscape.

Keywords : bioarchaeology; taphonomy; mortuary practices; Final Late Holocene.

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